Sunday, June 12, 2011

Event 8: Carla Berrios - 1st Place

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH

Carla Berrios - 1st Place - $5,432

Congratulations to the last woman standing, Carla Berrios (Baltimore, MD) who took out the former chip leader, Lana O'Brien, in two hands then never looked back.

Stephanie Hubbard and Kim Edmonds fell in line quickly after as Carla had them both dominated.

Carla, who works for the Army has been playing on-line and tournament holdem for six years.

In the first few levels she shot up to 50,000 then dropped down to 10,000 and rebuilt up to 100,000.

She looked down at wired aces three times and all three times knocked players out with them.
Whoo-hoo - how sweet it is when aces don't get cracked!

The only word Carla used to describe her day at 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open's Ladies tournament was "awesome".

When asked why she came down Carla told me she got an email about it from Borgata and the rest is history or herstory.

Finally, Carla wanted to say hi to her Mom. I'm sure she's very proud of her daughter for winning the tournament and taking home the Borgata trophy and the $5,432 prize.

See you in September to defend your ladies title...

Event 8: Kim Edmonds - 2nd Place

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH

Kim Edmonds - 2nd Place - $2,949

With tonight's second place finish, Kim Edmonds (Toms River, NJ) has now final tabled four out of the last five tournaments she's played in.

In March 2011 she took down a WSOP ladies circuit event.

Her rush continued today at Borgata where Kim played smart poker but in the end could not penetrate the huge stacks that Carla Berrios amassed.

Tack on another $2,949 to Kim's career earnings.

Kim is a familiar face here at Borgata and I'm sure we'll see her at more final tables in the future.

Event 8: Stephanie Hubbard - 3rd Place

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH

Stephanie Hubbard - 3rd Place - $1,862

Stephanie Hubbard (Hazlet, NJ) was short stacked towards the end of the final table and made a few timely shoves to take down much needed blinds and antes.

One time she showed only a king announcing, "king high".

Her strategy worked as she survived to third place money.

Stephanie is one to watch on Borgata's ladies circuit. She has now final tabled in the last three Borgata Ladies tournaments.

Today's third place showing has earned $1,862 to Stephanie's 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open totals.

Event 8: Lana O'Brien - 4th Place

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH

Lana O'Brien - 4th Place - $1,397

All I can say is WOW.

In back to back hands our chip leader, Lana O'Brien (Bound Brook, NJ) is out of the ladies Event 8.

The first hand: Second in chips, Carla Berrios ships it all in with A-6 of clubs. Lana insta-calls and tables J-J. Ace in the window on a 5-5-A flop. Turn card ten and river 3 gave Lana a big blow but she was still in second place with two short stacks at the table.

In the second hand: This time Lana shoves pre-flop holding A-9 and Carla quickly calls and tables J-Q of spades. Board runs out: 6-9-8-J-5.

The turn card Jack gives Carla a massive, massive chip lead and sends Lana O'Brien to the rail.

Husband Kevin was supportive but most likely in shock like everyone else watching.

"That's a brutal couple of hands" said Lana who exited with class and dignity as she doubled back to wish everyone good luck.

Event 8: Break & Chip Updates

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH

Four ladies remain and are on a ten minute break.

Lana O'Brien is your chip leader with 286,000.

Carla Berrios after back to back knock-outs is second in chips with 250,000

Kim Edmonds has 196,000.

Last and actually least, as far as chips goes, is Stephanie Hubbard.
But as we all know - in poker that can change in a heartbeat...

Event 8: Jeanelle Roberts - 5th Place

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH

Jeanelle Roberts - 5th Place - $1,086

Jeanelle played strong solid poker all day but ducks weren't enough to catch up to Kim Edmonds' pocket nines.

Nines hold up and Roberts 2-2 come up short.

Jeanelle Roberts (New York, NY) adds $1,086 to her Borgata bankroll.

Event 8: Lisa Colesanti - 6th Place

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH

Lisa Colesanti - 6th Place - $931

Lisa Colesanti K-9 fell to the A-6 hand of Lana O'Brien.

Lana jammed in the small blind and big blind Lisa was all but forced all in and called.

She came close to hitting a straight but close doesn't count. Ace high held up.

Lisa will take home $931 for her days work.

Event 7: End of Day 1A Chip Counts

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)

Patti Pushing the Pace

Patti Barsanti-Chou is the chip leader after Day 1A.  The players still alive get Monday off and wait as Day 1B plays its 16 levels before merging for Tuesdays Day 2 championship chase.

Here's a look at the chip counts.

Position-Name-Chip Count

1 Patti Barsanti-Chou 415,000
2 Taemee Feuer 308,000
3 John Donnelly 280,500
4 Robby Devries 270,000
5 Michael Lydon 237,500
6 Joshua Teitelbaum 233,000
7 Kerry Small 230,500
8 Leo Golberger 211,500
9 Sakip Shehu 197,500
10 Tae Sungwoo 176,500
11 Chung Chia 158,500
12 Pralhad Deshpande 152,500
13 Alan Goodman 133,500
14 Timothy Little 130,000
15 Robert Suchocki 128,500
16 Matthew Deluca 121,500
17 Wayne Lewis 116,000
18 George Rakitzis 113,000
19 Timothy Kelleher 108,500
20 Raymond Didonato 98,500
21 Anthony Maio 95,500
22 Albert Kinder, 3rd 81,000
23 Edward Shtrahman 78,000
24 Brian Correro 27,500
25 Christopher Harpley 19,500

Event 8: Maria Durante - 7th Place

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH

Maria Durante - 7th Place - $776

Carla Berrios strikes again. Her next victim is Maria Durante (Ocean City, NJ), sort of.

Maria held Q-J against Carla's 8-8.

Board ran out 5-K-10-8-3.

Carla shoved on her set of eights and Maria called truly believing she already hit her straight.

Something was irritating her eye and she misread the board.

"Oh well" said Durante who told me she had a great time.

Event 8: Maria Santos - 8th Place

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH

Maria Santos - 8th Place - $621

Maria open shoved with A-10 and ran into pocket aces of Carla Berrios.

Aces held and Santos hits the Showers.

Event 9: Fara Fath - 8th Place

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH

Farah Fath - 9th Place - $466

Farah Fath was up and down all day then got her money in good with a set of nines.

Unfortunately for her, Stephanie Hubbard had an over pair of Jacks with a flush draw and an open ended straight draw.

Farah's 9-9 vs. Stephanie's J-J. All clubs on a flop of 10-9-Q. All the chips got in on the flop.
Stephanie hit her club on the turn and Farah failed to reach a full house on the river.

"Ninth place is the best I've ever finished. I'm notorious for 10th place or ending on the bubble" laughed Fath.

Farah is a soap opera star on ABC's One Life To Live.

Since the show is ending it's decades long run in the fall, Farah is moving to LA for new opportunities. Hmmmm - maybe professional poker is in her future?

She laughed, but if that acting thing doesn't work out, you never know.
Look at Jason Alexander. Okay, maybe a poor example.

Event 8: Final Table Chick/Chip Updates

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH

Leaderboard....Name....Chip Stack

1. Maria Durante............... 155,000
2. Stephanie Hubbard................ 130,000
3. Carla Berrios........................ 125,000
4. Lana O'Brien.................... 100,000
5. Kim Edmonds.................. 79,000
6. Farah Fath....................... 68,000
7. Jeanelle Roberts.................... 64,000
8. Maria Santos......................... 43,000
9. Lisa Colesanti........................ 24,000

The final table is set up towards the back of the left side of Borgata Poker Room.

Lana O'Brien's husband Kevin is sweating her out on the rail.

The final nine are ready to battle.

Of course we'll be here to the end reporting on every knock-out.

Event 8: Hallee LoGrasso - Bubble Girl

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH

Hallee LoGrasso - 10th Place

After a full day of poker, Hallee LoGrasso ends up in 10th Place with no money.

She is officially the bubble girl of the tournament.

"That stinks" said Hallee whose stack was crippled when her pocket aces were cracked by Q-J.

A couple hands later she shipped with A-7 of hearts and this time she ran into Aces.

Board ran dry with J-5-5-9-10 and Hallee is handed the defeat.

The ladies gave her some parting gifts as a token of their appreciation.

Our final ten ladies are now all in the cash.

Currently on a ten minute break.

Event 7: The "Other" Ladies Tourney

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry) 

Feuer, Straight to the Top

While the scheduled ladies event is wrapping up with the final 9 players, Event 7 rolls on with two women at the top of the chip counts. Patti Barsanti-Chou (Metuchen, NJ), a leader all day and currently at 360k, now has some female companionship as Taemee Feuer (New Paltz, NY) is up to 308k.

In a battle of the blinds (2k/4k/400 ante) Sal Simeone (Florham Park, NJ) raises to 10k and Feuer calls.

Flop: 9♣ Q♣ 4♠

Simeone bets 35k, Fehuer calls

Turn: J

Simeone bets 45k, Feuer moves all in for 105k total. Simeone tanks and eventually calls.

Feuer: J 10(pair of jacks, open ended straight draw)
Simeone: K♣ Q(pair of queens)

River: K♠

The river king gives Simeone two pairs, but is a straight for Fehuer as she takes down a 300k+ pot.  Feuer is now second in chips, while Simeone is crippled to 15k and out two hands later.

Players are on a 10 minute break as the floor managers remove the black (100) chips and set the field for level 16 (2.5k/5k/500 ante), the last of the night.

Event 7: Barsanti-Chou Muscles Maio

 $350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)       

Patricia Barsanti-Chou opened utg for 11,600, then Anthony Maio three-bet two seats to her left.  After everyone else got out of the way Patricia raised enough to cover Anthony.

After giving it some thought, he surrendered and she pulled the pot.

Patricia is now over 360k.

The fourth table just broke so there are 30 player still alive for day 1A.

Event 7: Blinds Up

 $350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)      

Level 15:  Blinds are up to 2k/4k with 400 antes.

32 players remain.

Event 8: These Ladies Are Tens

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH


1. Lana O'Brien
2. Lisa Colesanti
3. Maria Durante
4. Hallee LoGrasso
5. Carla Berrios
6. Stephanie Hubbard
7. Kim Edmonds
8. Farah Fath
9. Maria Santos
10. Jeanelle Roberts

Brandi Baldwin got hit hard in back to back hands and is out in 11th place.

In the first hand Brandi's J-Q suited fell to Maria Durante's A-Q.
Board ran 6-K-Q-6-4 so Maria's Ace played.
That hand crippled Brandi and the next hand she shoved with J-6 up against Farah's J-J.
Intersting board of 10-9-7-6-Q would spell B-U-S-T-O for Brandi.

Next out will be the bubble.
Top 9 get the cake!

The final table is set.

Event 7: Back From Dinner

 $350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)      

After dinner, play resumed with level 14, blinds 1,500/3,000 and 400 antes.

They'll play three more levels, then bag & tag for the night.

The survivors get tomorrow off and and will return for day 2 on Tuesday at 12 noon.

Event 7: Dinner Time

 $350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)     

With 44 players remaining at the end of level 13, the dinner bell was rung.

Play will resume at about 7:35pm.

Patricia Barsanti-Chou is still the chip leader with ~206k.

After dinner, they will play three more levels, then call it a night.

Event 8: Dinner Time

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH     

The Ladies wrapped up level 12 and took off for dinner.

They will return to the felt at about 7:25pm.

Thirteen of them will, that is, as only 13 ladies remain.  Average stack is ~61k.

Since only 9 get paid, four will leave with nothing.

Lana O'Brien is the chip leader with ~110k.

Event 7: Barsanti-Chou Leads

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)     

Down to 48 players remaining in day 1A.

They're currently in level 13 with blinds of 1,200/2,400 and 300 antes.

Based on an estimated 185 entries for today, the average stack is over 96k.

 Patricia Barsanti-Chou

Patricia Barsanti-Chou has more than twice that.  She's up to ~210k.  During the Spring Open in April of this year, Patricia won the $350 NL Big Stack event (over $38,000) so she knows how to work a big stack.

Event 5 Winner: Wallace

$500 + $60 NLH

Robert Wallace (Mahopac, NY)
It doesn't take long for Robert Wallace to knock out Trevor Graffa to win the title.  Wallace, who had a 16 to 1 chip advantage when heads up play began, calls Graffa's all in bet with K Q against 10 8.  

Flop: Q♣ 9 9♠ (Wallace, pair of queens. Graffa, gut shot straight draw)
Turn: 10♣ (Graffa, two outs: 10 10♠)
River: 7

Graffa can't double up to extend the match and Wallace wins the hand and tournament with two pairs, queens and nines.

Event 5: 2nd Place - T. Graffa

$500 + $60 NLH

Trevor Graffa (Lancaster, PA)

Event 8: 18 Ladies Remain

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH    

On a 6-high flop with two hearts, one lady moved all-in, sending Lana O'Brien into the tank.  After a bit of thought, Lana called the all-in, saying "I think I have outs".  She rolled over A6 suited in hearts.

Her opponent rolled over KQ of hearts and Lana didn't need any outs -- she just had to catch a heart for the nut flush or avoid seeing a King or Queen.  The last two were bricks and Lana pulled the pot, sending another lady home.

Lana chipped up to ~130k and is still the chip leader with 18 ladies sitting.

Only 9 will get paid. 

Average stack is ~44k.

Event 5: 3rd Place - Wey

$500 + $60 NLH 

Theen Wey (Ridgefield Park, NJ)

The biggest pot of the tournament has all three players involved. With blinds at 15k/30k/5k ante, Theen Wey limps, Robert Wallace raises to 130k and Trevor Graffa calls. Wey moves all in for roughly 1.5 million, Wallace snap calls with an identical stack and Graffa folds.
♠ ♣
Wey: A K♣
Wallace: 10 10♣

Flop: Q♠ 4 8
Turn: 3♠
River 10♠

The pocket tens improve to a set on the river and Wallace wins the hand.

After a careful count, Wallace has Theen covered by just 15k, sending him on his Wey. "It's great, I'm now two for two," says Wey after finishing 11th ($1,335) in Event 3 Friday. "I've been playing poker for three straight days. I need a break."

Wallace now has 3 million of the 3.26 million chips in play and is heads up with Graffa.

Event 8: Edmonds Ejects Two

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH    

With 21 players remaining, there was a big three-way pre-flop all-in on table 3.

 Kim Edmonds

The short-stack was in with A9, the next biggest stack held AK, and Kim Edmonds (Toms River, NJ) held AJ suited and had both opponents covered.

A Jack on the flop sent the pot to Kim and sent the other two ladies to the rail.

Kim chipped up to ~105k and they moved to the final two tables with 19 remaining.

Event 5: Chip Counts

$500 + $60 NLH

Robert Wallace doubles through Trevor Graffa with AA. Graffa has A♠ 9 and hits a 9 on the flop, but it's not enough and he sends 400k across the table.

Chip Counts

Theen Wey (Ridgefield Park, NJ) 1.9 million
Robert Wallace (Mahopac, NY) 950k
Trevor Graffa (Lancaster, PA) 400k

Event 7: Outs

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)   

Seven tables are alive playing 1k/2k blinds with 300 antes in level 12. 

These folks have all landed on the wrong side of the rail:

Nancy Martin
James Boyle
Eric 'Pools' Siegel
Larry Gold
Joe Brooks
James 'Suits' Salters
Bob Santilli
'Smiley' Chin
Vladimir Peck
Soren Cristea
Jeff Bidleman
Frank Gangemi
Rathe Miller

Event 5: 4th Place - Boyko

$500 + $60 NLH
Robert Boyko (Yonkers, NY)
Robert Boyko is a little shell shocked after watching his chip lead disappear into a 4th place finish. "No I'm not happy, especially since I had the lead."

Boyko goes out with 8 5♠ against the pocket 1010 of Theen Wey. Boyko does get a 5 on the flop, but the turn and river are blanks, sending his last 205k to Wey, who now has a commanding lead with 1.9 million chips.

Event 5: Chip Counts

$500 + $60 NLH

The final four players are all relatively close in chips.  Blinds are 10k/20k/5k ante.
Seat - Name - Chip Count

2 Robert Wallace (Mahopac, NY) 725k
6 Robert Boyko (Yonkers, NY) 710k
8 Trevor Graffa (Lancaster, PA) 750k
10 Theen Wey (Ridgefield Park, NJ) 1.1 million

Event 8: Leaving Ladies

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH   

The Ladies are dropping quickly as the ever-increasing blinds are eating up their stacks.

Chess champion Jennifer Shahade have both busted out.

Of the 80 players who began at noon, only 35 players remain.  Average stack is almost 23k.

Lana O'Brien

Lana O'Brien has re-taken the chip lead with over 65k.

They're currently in level 9 with blinds of 500/1,000 and 100 antes.  At the end of this level, the survivors will be rewarded with a break.

Event 5: 5th Place - Mezvinsky

$500 + $60 NLH

Matt Mezvinsky (New York, NY)

Matt Mezvinsky shoves 225k with QJ but doesn't get any help againt the A4 of Theen Wey (Ridgefield Park, NJ).

Wey, Robert Wallace, Robert Boyko and Trevor Graffa are the final four players.

Event 5: 6th Place - Martinez

$500 + $60 NLH  

Gregg Martinez (Little Silver, NJ)

Gregg Martinez and Robert Wallace are even in chips at ~350k and all in preflop.

Martinez: AA
Wallace: K 10

Flop: K 10 K

Full house, game, set, match.  "If you're going to lose with aces, go out in flames," says Martinez.

"I felt bad for the guy," says Wallace, who now has 725k.

Event 7: Behbahani Leads

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)    

Ten tables remain in action and they've just returned from a break. 

Level 10, blinds 600/1,200 with 200 antes.

 Tony Behbahani

Kambiz 'Tony' Behbahani (Fairfax, VA) is up to 120k and possibly the chip lead.

As the short stacks take their shots, big stacks start to form so the lead will probably change rapidly over the next few levels.

Event 8: Payouts

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH  

Entries: 80
Total Buy-In: $16,000

Place - Amount
1        $5,432
2        $2,949
3        $1,862
4        $1,397
5        $1,086
6          $931
7          $776
8          $621
9          $466

Event 5: 7th Place - Amerman

$500 + $60 NLH 
John Amerman (Bellmawr, NJ)
Amerman gets his chips in ahead with AK, but his last 113k goes to Trevor Graffa who's AJ hits a jack on the flop.  "Not a bad father's day gift," says Amerman while beaming next to his wife Danielle.  "That's what he wanted," she said after giving him the early gift.

They both agree that the $4,700 surplus is going straight into their son's account.

Amerman says he was down to 5k chips and had less than 10 big blinds early in the tournament, but was able to rally and make the final table.

 John & Danielle Amerman

Event 8: Leading Lady

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH  

Lana O'Brien has fallen back into the pack.  She's down to twenty-something thousand chips.

 Stephanie Hubbard

Stephanie Hubbard (Hazlet, NJ) has claimed the chip lead with ~37k.

The ladies are back from break and have begun level seven with 300/600 blinds and 75 antes.

50 Ladies remain -- and it is Ladies Only as the lone male who entered has busted out.

Event 5: 8th Place - Halter

$500 + $60 NLH 

Patrick Halter (Narberth, PA)
 Halter is all in for 220k with A9 and is up against the QQ of Robert Boyko.  The board is no help and the chip leader to start the day is out in 8th place.

Event 5: We Were on a Break!

$500 + $60 NLH

Seat - Name - Chip Count

1 Patrick Halter (Narberth, PA) 380k
2 Robert Wallace (Mahopac, NY) 350k
3 Matt Mezvinsky (New York, NY) 150k
4 John Amerman (Bellmawr, NJ) 135k
5 Gregg Martinez (Little Silver, NJ) 170k
6 Robert Boyko (Yonkers, NY) 1 million
8 Trevor Graffa (Lancaster, PA) 480k
10 Theen Wey (Ridgefield Park, NJ) 580k

Event 7: Beauty and the ??

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)   

Wendy Rubin and James Boyle

Wendy Rubin opted to play with the guys today instead of playing the Ladies event and she's holding her own.  She's up to ~65k.  Looking at James' stack (~14k) compared to Wendy's, one of their table-mates suggested the caption "Beauty and the Least".

Event 5: 9th Place - Price

$500 + $60 NLH

David Price (New York, NY)

Big stack Robert Boyko raises to 12k, Price makes it 50k to go and Boyko calls.  The flop brings a king and Price moves all in for his last 150k and Boyko calls.

Boyko: KQ
Price: AA

Prices pocket aces are run down when a king hits the turn and gives Boyko trip kings.  Price is out in 9th place, while Price has a commanding chip lead with 1 million, nearly 1/3 of the chips in play.

Event 5: 10th Place - Anzalone

$500 + $60 NLH  
Charles Anzalone (Shorham, NY)

Charles Anzalone's hit several cooler and finds himself out in 10th place.  "I should have 700-thousand in front me right now and be the chip leader," he says after busting with pocket kings against the AQ of David Price.  "I couldn't play any better. I'm not mad at how I played, I mad at my luck. It's so gross."

The most disgusting hand for Anzalone came just before the final table against Robert Boyko, when the two mixed it up in a 700k pot.  Anzalone had pocket 8s and called Boyko's all in 3-bet and was ahead against K9. But again the turn does Anazalone in as a king hits the board and crippled his stack.

Event 7: Ins and Outs

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)   

Blinds are up to 400/800 with 75 antes for level 8.

 Phil Neiman

Phil Neiman (Queens, NY) is up to ~85k and possibly the chip leader.

Erick But and Chris Edwards have busted out and departed.

Event 5: Final Table

$500 + $60 NLH


1 Patrick Halter (Narberth, PA)
2 Robert Wallace (Mahopac, NY)
3 Matt Mezvinsky (New York, NY)
4 John Amerman (Bellmawr, NJ)
5 Gregg Martinez (Little Silver, NJ)
6 Robert Boyko (Yonkers, NY)
7 David Price (New York, NY)
8 Trevor Graffa (Lancaster, PA)
9 Charles Anzalone (Shorham, NY)
10 Theen Wey (Ridgefield Park, NJ)

Event 5: 11th Place - D. Graffa

$500 + $60 NLH
Dustin Graffa (Lancaster, PA)

Dustin Graffa is out in 11th place when he ships 70k with pocket 5s, but runs into the pocket aces of Patrick Halter.  It's a heck of a comeback for Graffa who was down to 17k on the bubble (4 BB), but not only survived, but made a deep run.

Graffa had the misfortune of being at the same table as his brother Trevor, both late Saturday night and
at both tables he played at today.
The final 10 players are now drawing seats for the final table.

Event 5: 12th Place - Zhu

$500 + $60 NLH

Yue Zhu (Flushing, NY)

Yue Zhu (Flushing, NY) and Theen Wey (Ridgefield Park, NJ) see a flop of 2 3 10.  Zhu moves his last 130k all in with A 10, top pair-top kicker, but Wey dominates him with a set of ducks.

Zhu is out in 12the place, while Wey now has 560k.

Event 5: Still Grinding

$500 + $60 NLH  

The 12 remaining players have been trading chips for the last hour since returning from break.  Blinds are now 6k/12k/2k ante as Trevor Graffa (Lancaster, PA) has the chip lead with 615k.

Event 7: Building Stacks

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)  

16 tables are in action as the blinds have increased to 200/400 with 50 antes (level 6).

This is the last level for registering or re-entering, so it might be time for the short-stacks to make their moves.

 Robbie Devries

Looks like Robbie Devries (Patterson, NJ) is the chip leader with ~80k.

Meiyan Dai is up to ~60k.

Rob Nguyen has relocated to a cash game, opting not to re-enter after his pocket Aces got cracked by KQ.

Event 8: You Deserve a Break Today

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH

After three levels of play, the Ladies were rewarded with a ten minute break.

The ladies and  one guy who has opted to play the Ladies event today.

After the break, play will resume with level 4 blinds of 100/200.

Late registrations will still be accepted through the end of level four.

Event 5: Big Hand

$500 + $60 NLH

The elimination of Phil Sparta, Jr in 13th place ($1,451) is one of the more dramatic ones we've seen this deep in a tournament. Matt Mezvinsky (New York, NY) opens from the high jack to 18k and gets callers from Sparta in the cutoff and Yue Zhu (Flushing, NY), who comes along from the big blind.

Flop: 9♠ 7 5

Mezvinsky c-bets 28k, Sparta calls, Zhu folds.

Turn: 8

Mezvinsky fires 40k, Sparta moves all-in for 30k more, Mezvinsky calls.

Mezvinsky: 9 9♣ (set of 9s)
Sparta: 6 6♠ (straight)

River: 5

"Story of my life," says Sparta, Jr. after the paired board gives Mezvinsky a full house and sends Sparta to the rail.  Mezvinsky is now close to 300k in chips.

Event 5: Fast & Furious, 12 Left

$500 + $60 NLH

There's been so much action that keeping up with all the short stack jams, double ups and bust outs that we're going to fill in the gaps as the action permits, so for now here are the recent bust outs as each table is down to 6 players each.

Position - Name - Amount

13 Adam Fraley (Muncy, PA) $1,451
14 Phil Sparta, Jr. (Fairfax,VA) $1,451
15 Bob Weissman (New York, NY) $1,451
16 Peter Kmiecik (East Brunswick, NJ) $1,319
17 John Brown (Farmingville, NY) $1,319

Event 5: 18th Place - Cohen

$500 + $60 NLH 

Mike Cohen (Marlboro, NJ) is all in for 42k with A8 against the AQ of Patrick Halter (Narberth, PA). Cohen gets no help and is out in 18th place ($1,319).

Event 7: Entries and Re-Entries

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)  

After three levels, players enjoyed their first break of the day.  They're now back to the felt with level 4, blinds 100/200.

Also appearing in today's field:

Wooyang Lin
Bob Santilli
Larry Gold
Erick But

Both Leo G and Jeff Bidleman have relocated to the 10 seat at different tables, which means they busted out and have re-entered.

16 tables are in action with late registrations and re-entries still available through the break after level six.

Event 5: Final 2 Tables

$500 + $60 NLH 

Table 1


1 Theen Wey (Ridgefield Park, NJ)
2 Yue Zhu (Flushing, NY)
3 Dustin Graffa (Lancaster, PA)
4 Patrick Halter (Narberth, PA)
5 Matt Mezvinsky (New York, NY)
6 Phil Sparta, Jr. (Fairfax,VA)
7 Bob Weissman (New York, NY)
8 Trevor Graffa (Lancaster, PA)
9 John Brown (Farmingville, NY)

Table 2


1 Charles Anzalone (Shorham, NY)
2 Robert Wallace (Mahopac, NY)
3 Adam Fraley (Muncy, PA)
4 Robert Boyko (Yonkers, NY)
5 David Price (New York, NY)
6 Mike Cohen (Marlboro, NJ)
7 John Amerman (Bellmawr, NJ)
8 Peter Kmiecik (East Brunswick, NJ)
9 Gregg Martinez (Little Silver, NJ)

Event 5: Quick Work

$500 + $60 NLH 

Three more eliminations and we're down to the final two tables. Ethan King-Carey (Brooklyn, NY) is all in on the turn with pocket 6s against pocket jacks on a K K 2 4 board. Jacks hold and King-Carey is out in 19th place.

Position - Name - Amount

19 Ethan King-Carey (Brooklyn, NY) $1,187
20 Tony Seing (Hoboken, NJ) $1,187
21 Michael Lerner (Churchville, PA) $1,187

Event 8: Poker Ladies

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH

Eight tables of ladies are in action today and they've just raised the blinds to 50/100 for level 2.

There are some familiar faces among the ladies, including tournament regulars:

Marguerite Spagnuolo
Lana O'Brien
Gloria Lorusso
Farah Fath
Carmen "Hunbunny" Huggins
Pat Knoll

Event 5: Back to Business

$500 + $60 NLH 

Cards are in the air as 22 eager men have taken their seats for day two.

Blinds are 3k/6k with 500 antes.

On the first hand, Claude Petroy of Monroeville, PA was busted in 22nd place.  He's collecting $1,187 for his work

Event 8: Ladies Locked & Loaded

$200 + $30 Ladies NLH

The Ladies Event is underway!

They began with 10,000 chips and blinds of 25/50. Levels last 30 minutes and entries will be accepted through the first four levels.

This is a one-day event, so they'll play all night until one lucky lady has all the chips!

Event 5: Payouts

$500 + $60 NLH

22 players survived the day 1 action and will return at noon to continue the battle for the top prize of nearly $37,000.  Here's a reminder what they're playing for.

Place - Amount
1   $36,939
2   $21,768
3   $12,533
4   $10,158
5   $7,915
6   $6,596
7   $5,277
8   $3,958
9   $2,638
10-12 $1,715
13-15 $1,451
16-18 $1,319
19-27 $1,187

Event 7: Late Arrivals

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry) 

Blinds are up to 50/100 for level 2.

These familiar faces have joined the fray:

James 'Suits' Salters

Patricia Barsanti-Chou & Meiyan Dai joined 'Smiley' Chin on table 10.

Chris Edwards - joined the crowd on table 11.

Event 7: Name Dropping

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry) 

17 tables are in action with lots of empty seats for late arrivals.

Quite a few 'frequent flyers' in the crowd today and some interesting tables are developing:

Table 1:

Tony Shurilla
Mike Kalfa
Eric 'Pools' Siegel

Table 2:
Nancy Martin
James Boyle

Table 11:
Rob Nguyen
Sorin Cristea
Vladimir Peck

Michael Buttacavoli
Ed McCarthy
Leo G
Kelly Armentrout
'Smiley' Chin
Jeff Bidleman
Frank Gangemi
Rathe Miller
Taemee Feuer
Leanne Rosenblatt
Wendy Rubin
Joe Brooks

Event 7: Cards Fly on 1A

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)

Cards are in the air!  Level 1 blinds are 25/50.

Players started with 25,000 chips and levels 1-10 are 30 minutes long.

There are two starting days for this event, day 1A (Sunday) and 1B (Monday).  Players who play day 1A can choose to re-enter if they bust out during the first 6 levels.

During those first six levels, a player may re-enter an unlimited number of times, and after level six ends, busted players can return and do it all again on day 1B tomorrow!

Sunday, June 12

Today's Events (Poker Room)

11AM: Event 7 - $350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 25,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels 1-10: will last 30 minutes each | Levels 11+: will last 40 minutes each
  • Players that bust within first 6 Levels may Re-Enter (unlimited)
  • Players may register for Day 1A or Day 1B.  If player entered into Day 1A and has been eliminated, player may register for Day 1B
  • 2-Day event (Day 2 starts on Tuesday at 12PM)
12PM: Event 8 - $200 + $30 Ladies No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 30 minutes each
  • 1-Day event
4PM: Event 29 - $200 + $30 + $20 Yellow Chip Bounty Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 15,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels last 15 minutes each
  • Players that bust within first 8 Levels may Re-Enter (unlimited)
  • This is a Bounty No Limit Hold'em tournament
  • 1-Day event
7PM: Event 30 - $150 + $30 No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels last 20 minutes each
  • 1-Day event

Leaderboard Update (6/12)

Borgata Summer Poker Open Leaderboard Update

By participating in any Borgata Summer Poker Open event (June 8-24, 2011), players will earn points based upon the Borgata Poker Tournament Leaderboard Formula.

Below are the top leaders for the Borgata Summer Poker Open Leaderboard contest through June 11 events*
*(Final Results from events 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28)


Event 28 Results

Borgata Summer Poker Open
Event 28: $200 + $30 No Limit Hold'em
June 11, 2011

Entries:  120
Total Buy-In:  $24,000


Event 27 Results

Borgata Summer Poker Open
Event 27: $400 + $50 Survivor NLH
June 11, 2011

Entries:  40
Total Buy-In:  $16,000


Event 5: Bag & Tag

$500 + $60 NLH

22 Players return noon Sunday to play for the $36,939 top prize.  Patrick Halter (Narberth, PA) leads the way with 355,500 chips.

Play resumes with Level 17 (3k/6k/500 ante), with the average stack at 148k.

Here's a look at those still in the field.

Position - Name - Chip Count

1 Patrick Halter 355,500
2 Gregg Martinez 319,500
3 Daniel Cohen 311,000
4 Matthew Mazvinsky 225,500
5 John Amerman 216,000
6 Robert Boyko 199,000
7 Theen Wey 188,000
8 Dustin Graffa 166,500
9 Ethan King-Carey 140,000
10 Tony Seing 129,500
11 Bob Wallace 128,500
12 David Price 115,000
13 Charles Anzalone 111,500
14 Trevor Graffa 109,500
15 Peter Kmiecik 96,500
16 Robert Weissman 78,000
17 Philip Sparta, Jr. 75,500
18 Adam Fraley 69,500
19 Michael Lerner 67,000
20 Yue Zhu 62,000
21 John Brown 55,500
22 Claude Petroy 44,000

Event 6 Recap

Eighty-one "Hosers" took the Borgata felt at high noon all battling for the $27,500 total prize pool and eighty of em got "hosed". Well, not really. Top nine made the money and included Bullet Demartino, Lina Carter, Jon Miller, Elaine England, Ronald Winelvoss, Cris Belkewitch, Glenn Engelbert, Richard Devito, and Bob Reardon. But it was Glenn Engelbert who took down the Borgata Event 6 trophy and the top prize of $9,625.

Lets rewind 13 hours ago to the start of our $350 + $50 H.O.S.E tournament. Players began with 15,000 chips and played four games in rotation: Hold'em, Omaha Hi/Lo, Stud, and Eight-or-better Stud. All games were played in limit format and they played 8 hands of each game before moving on to the next.

The field contained defending champion Vincent Basilicata, who won this event during the 2010 Summer Open, pocketing more than $6,000. Not to mention 1999 WSOP bracelet winner Charlie Brahmi who played today for his son who turned 18 – Happy Birthday.

And who could forget the last-woman-standing-battle that ensued between yesterday’s Event 4 Omaha last-woman-standing, Lina Carter, and Elaine England (Richman, VA). Both women made the cash but Elaine fetched the female first honors and bragging rights.

Carter – 7th place for $1,375 and England – 5th place for $1,925.

Yesterday's second place Event 4 winner, Rathe Miller didn’t fare as well today as he was eliminated in 10th place and bubbled from making any money.

Third place $3,300 was awarded to Richard Devito who commanded the chip lead through most of the latter stages until relinquishing it to 2nd place winner – Bullet Demartino who won $5,225. Bullet wounded and struck down player after player building up a tall, impressive chip stack. Alas, both men just couldn’t hurt Borgata regular Glenn Engelbert.

Glenn has played poker in AC since gambling was legalized here. In addition, he’s been playing mixed games for 15 years. After winning the limit hold-em event in the 2011 Winter Poker Open, he now takes home his second trophy – this time in H.O.S.E.

“Stud hi is my best and favorite game but ironically the two key hands I won today were in Stud lo” explained Engelbert. He poured it on once the field shrank to two tables then didn’t look back. A great appetizer for Engelbert who will go for another win during the Seven Card Stud Event-13, this Thursday - looking to continue to feast.

Event 5: Cage Match

$500 + $60 NLH

Four more players have hit the rail and join David Poulterer (Philadelphia, PA) on their way to the cage. The remaining 22 players will play five more hands to close out the night.

23 Xiao Huang (Rutherford, NJ) $1,187
24 Antonio Schiano (Bavyville, NJ) $1,187
25 Gardor Gaziev (N. Brunswick, NJ) $1,187
26 Emmett Rutkowski (Culpeper, VA) $1,187\
27 David Poulterer (Philadelphia, PA) $1,187

Event 5: First to Cash

$500 + $60 NLH

David Poulterer (Philadelphia, PA) is the first to hit the cage.  He takes home $1,187 for his 27th place finish.  There will be a few more bust outs before play is stopped at 2 am.

Event 5: Money Time

$500 + $60 NLH

It's short stack on short stack crime when Dustin Graffa (Lancaster, PA) and Lee Sommers (Germantown, MD) are all in on the bubble.  Graffa, with QQ, has Sommers and his K 10 slightly covered.

Sommers gets no help from the board and Graffa spikes a river queen to win the hand with a set.  Sommers leaves with a great experience, while Sommers and the other remaining 26 players are all in the money for a minimum of $1,187.

The players are now down to 3 tables as 20 minutes is back on the clock for Level 16 (2.5k/5k/500 ante).

Event 6: Glenn Engelbert - 1st Place

$350 + $50 H.O.S.E.

Glenn Engelbert - 1st Place - $9,625

Glenn Engelbert (Gloucester County, NJ) now has bookend Borgata trophies. He won the limit holdem Event in the Winter Poker Open and now has just captured Event 6 in the Summer.

The $9,625 first place prize represents Glenn's largest Borgata cash to date.

His run took off when the field dwindled down to two tables. Glenn won the hands he had to win - getting lucky from behind a couple times but nonetheless scooping the monster pots.

The 15 year mix-games veteran might be back Thursday for Stud.

Stud hi is Glenn's favorite game and the one he feels he's best at.

Ironically, tonight his two biggest hands came in Stud lo.

Well done Glenn...congratulations on your victory.

Event 6: Bullet Demartino - 2nd Place

$350 + $50 H.O.S.E.

Bullet Demartino - 2nd Place - $5,225

He talked the talk and walked the walk. Bullet dominated the final table felting several players and accumulating a tower of chips. In the end, Demartino bit the bullet and settled for second.

Event 6: Richard Devito - 3rd Place

$350 + $50 H.O.S.E.

Richard Devito - 3rd Place - $3,300

Richard Devito was the chip leader for a good percentage of the tournament.

He survived a couple key all in's during the final table and ended up with third place for $3,300.

Event 6: Ronald "Wink" Winkelvoss - 4th Place

$350 + $50 H.O.S.E.

Ronald "Wink" Winkelvoss - 4th Place - $2,475

We'll, he didn't win the tournament as predicted but he did hang on to the bitter end.

Wink was happy with his finish and with the $2,475.

Event 6: Elaine England - 5th Place

$350 + $50 H.O.S.E.

Elaine England - 5th Place - $1,925

Our "Last Woman Standing" is Elaine England who finished up Event 6 in 5th Place and will add $1,925 to her lifetime winnings.

Event 5: Chip Leaders

$500 + $60 NLH

One spot off the money here are the big stacks:

Ethan King-Carey (Brooklyn, NY)290k

Pat Halter (Narberth, PA) 260k
Matt Mezvinksy (New York, NY) 247k
Gregg Martinez (New York, NY) 200k

Event 5: Hand for Hand

$500 + $60 NLH

The bubble is here and 28 players are looking to lock up one of the 27 spots in the money.  Players are on a 10 minute break as the floor managers color up the black (100) chips.

Some of the short stacks are annoyed they have to await their fate, but removing the small chips will make it much easier to find the chip leaders.

Level 6 (2,500/5k/500 ante) is up next.

Event 6: Wink Gives Us A Wink

$350 + $50 H.O.S.E.

Bullet has been on a roll and it's given him much confidence at the table. He's been talking a lot and even been accused of bullying the table.

Ronald Winkelvoss won't have any of it. He was basically forced all in during the last two hands (small blind & big blind) and somehow won both of them. He went from almost no chips to a near double up, then a triple up.

Hand 1: With Wink's tournament on the line in the final hand of holdem his A-5 diamonds ends up chopping withBullet's A-9.

"We can't get rid of the guy" said Richard Devito.
"What am I chop liver?" Wink responded.

Hand 2: Bullet min raises Wink's big blind to 40,000. Elaine England calls as does Wink, reluctantly. Did I mention we're now into a round of Omaha hi/lo?

After the flop, Wink casually says, "I'm gonna win this tournament".

Board runs: K-5-A-3-6. Is this the end for Wink? He tables 2-4-Q-2 and says, "I have a wheel to the six." Nobody can believe he's still surviving. Nice triple up!

Event 5: Bubble Watch

$500 + $60 NLH

Graffa (left) & Sommers are Short, While Charlie Anzalone (right, Long Island, NY) is also Below Average in Chips

Down to 29 players and two of the short stacks are side-by-side. Lee Sommers (Germantown, MD) has 35k, while Dustin Graffa (Lancaster, PA) is at 31k.

Not only is Graffa a shortie, but he's lamenting that his brother Trevor is also at the table. "Trust me he'd like nothing better than to knock me out," he says while looking for a much needed double up.

The average stack is 113k as blinds are now 2k/4k/400 ante.

Event 6: Bob Reardon - 6th Place

$350 + $50 H.O.S.E.

Bob Reardon - 6th Place - $1,650

Bob Readon makes it back to back mix Event cashes this time taking Borgata for $1,650.

He went out on a stud hi/lo hand where his 2-4-5 found a six bout bricked out the rest of the way.

Oh yeah, Bullet hit a full house for yet another scoop and knock-out.

Reardon's heading home tonight. It fun to cover him for a couple days. He certainly put up with some friendly ribbing from my part in the coverage.

Event 6: Lina Carter - 7th Place

$350 + $50 H.O.S.E.

Lina Carter - 7th Place - $1,375

Must have been another bullet in the chamber as Demartino strikes again, this time targeting Lina Carter.

Lina got it in good holding Aces but couldn't catch a low, a straight, nothing.

She'll take home $1,375 for her efforts today.